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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3351..


Ms GALLAGHER (continuing):

indicates that the organisation has met the requirements of policy, systems and evaluation. All mandatory criteria must reach this level of achievement. Failure to achieve a moderate achievement rating would have resulted in a compromised accreditation outcome.

In some of the feedback received in the reports, the survey team noted that there are clear clinical and corporate governance arrangements in place to support quality, safety and risk imperatives across all clinical divisions. Mental Health ACT was congratulated on its exceptional level of consumer participation and the use of the consumer and carer participation framework as a living document actively used by the service. The recovery model was strongly supported. Access to community health services through a number of initiatives, including the community intake system, was commended. Systems for ongoing care and re-entry to health services and good linkages with acute services and other health care providers were noted to be well developed.

Six community health facilities were visited by the surveyors, who noted that they are modern, clean, tidy, easily accessible and conveniently located. The Dental Health Service was acknowledged to be performing at a very high standard and that excellent strategies have been put in place to improve prioritisation and access for clients, to monitor and improve safety and information control, and to increase the range of service delivery options for consumers, including utilisation of the private sector.

The Corrections clinical pathway was noted as an excellent initiative in considering the prisoner's journey through the prison system from entry to discharge and post-release care. Aged care and rehabilitation was found to have a large responsive range of services to support in-patient care, transitional care and outpatient programs.

At the Canberra Hospital, the survey team noted the large range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and critical care services and women's and children's services. Staff were complimented on their compassion and palpable commitment to quality care. It was acknowledged that they are supported by effective leadership and sound, quality, patient safety and risk management systems. New initiatives were acknowledged to have resulted in improved emergency access and reduced bed block. The streamlining of acute and community services for women's and children's health was noted by the surveyors as benefiting families using the service.

The full survey is quite detailed, but, overall, I think the Assembly should welcome the fact that our ACT health service has been given such a high rating and achieved four-year accreditation.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Work safety

MR HARGREAVES: Yesterday Mrs Dunne asked me a very good question, and I said it needed a good answer and I would go away and give it. I am back. The answer to Mrs Dunne's question is that 15 submissions were received in response to the exposure draft of the Work Safety Act regulations from a range of industry,


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